By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger believes that Arsenal’s youth policy is unique among Europe’s elite.

Wenger is renowned for his investment in talented youngsters and, despite the emergence of star players like Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott, the Frenchman does not think the trend has caught on with Arsenal’s peers.

Speaking after 20-year-old Nicklas Bendtner secured his side three precious points against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, the manager discussed his youth philosophy before admitting that it can throw up some problems.

“If you take the top 10 clubs all over Europe we are the only ones who give a chance to young players. And when you are at that age you go where you can smell the chance to play.

"One of the problems when you build a young team up is you have to be patient knowing they are impatient. And that is the difficult side of it because everybody wants always to play.”

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12 Jan 2009